Leadership

Laurethea L. Kidd, MPA

Executive Director

Laurethea Kidd is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of leadership and management experience in non-profits and human services.  As the Executive Director of the John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center, Inc. Laurethea will oversee all aspects of operations including financial sustainability, programs and services and community affairs.

Prior to joining the John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center, Inc., Laurethea was the Acting Executive Director/Director of Programs and Services for Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc. (Homefirst); a non-profit organization focused on ending homelessness and creating pathways out of poverty for individuals and families in Union County, New Jersey.  While operating two family support centers and managing over 50 housing units, Laurethea’s was fiscally responsible for a $2.2-million-dollar operating budget and a $7.4-million-dollar housing portfolio. Through her leadership and expertise, Laurethea was able to drive Homefirst to touch and impact over 1,000 households annually.  Laurethea transformed programs and service delivery for low-to-moderate income individuals and families.  Services included emergency financial and utility assistance, transitional, permanent and supportive housing, family support, ESL, GED, health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS related services, food pantry and referrals.

Laurethea is a creative thinker, driven by outcomes with a proven ability to exceed goals and expectations while balancing a wide range of human needs in a multicultural environment.

In her spare time, Laurethea serves as a Program Director of the Health & Wellness ministry of her church, where her work is dedicated to education and an awareness of health related issues that impact our community.  Laurethea holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration, from Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and a B.A. degree in Law/Criminal Justice from Rowan University, in Glassboro, New Jersey. Laurethea has a passion for serving people and is zealous about impacting her community.  She is a proponent of the “Strength-Based Approach” to healing and rebuilding individuals and families.  She believes that the restoration of our communities lies within the core of the individuals and families we serve.  Laurethea is a mother of one and resides in Middlesex County.

Laurethea joined the John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center, Inc. in November, 2018.

Board of Directors

Marlon Webb, President

Detective, Mercer County Prosecutors Office

James Walters, Vice President

Adjunct Professor, Wilmington University

Louis Samuels, Treasurer

Former Building and Grounds Chairperson, Trenton Board of Education (Retired)

Dr. Joseph E. Woods

Pastor, St. Phillips Baptist Church

Kevin Willis

Executive Vice President, Hattin Construction Management

Richard Sims

Former Judiciary Administrative Specialist, State of New Jersey (Retired)

Mittie White

School Social Worker, Trenton Board of Education

Nina D. Melker

Mercer County Commissioner, Senior VP - Commercial Relationship Manager, Berkshire Bank

Lia Campbell

Talent Development Manager

Jennifer A. Downing-Mathis, Esq.

Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor, Mercer County Prosecutor's Office

Nancy Phillips, Liaison

Hamilton Township Council

Fannie Hendryx (Emeritus)

Former Case Manager Community Development Institute – Head Start (Retired)